Step 1 – Infuse the Oil
Measure the herbs into your containers. Pour in the oil to about one-half inch from the top of the jars. Cover tightly and place the jars in brown paper bags in a warm spot, such as a sunny shelf (be sure the jars are covered, because light destroys vitamins and enzymes). The herbs will settle to the bottom, so gently shake the jars to suspend the herbs once or twice a day to improve extraction.
After three weeks or as long as eight weeks you can strain out your herbs (the longer you leave them, the stronger the infusion). I like to use a fine-meshed nylon reusable coffee filter (that has never been used for coffee). Strain your oil into a medium-sized bowl, then pour it into two clean jars. Wash and dry the used jars to prepare for the next step. This herbal infused oil can be used for massage as is; however, we are going to use one jar of it as a base for our lotion.
Step 2 – Make the Canola Oil/Lecithin Blend
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Step 3 – Mix the Lotion
Rub a few drops of the lotion onto your arm. At this point it will have a very light texture and a nice cooling effect. Depending on the type of massage you do, it will probably not be slippery enough, except for use on your most oily-skinned clients.
To increase the slip value, add a teaspoon or two of your herbal infused oil, the one without the lecithin stirred in. You can add as much as a half cup of the infused oil to your lotion; however the more you use the less cooling effect the lotion will have. I used to keep extra oil in a squeeze bottle in the massage room, so Î could add it as needed while I worked.
Step 4 – Add Scent
It is nice to have a few choices of scented lotion on hand as well as some unscented lotion, just in case your clients don’t like a particular fragrance or are unusually sensitive.
Step 5 – Decant the Lotion
Step 6 – Refrigeration
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